The Characters of ‘The Last Jedi’

Star Wars is known for its inspiring characters and The Last Jedi continues that tradition by taking old and new characters and elevating their story for the better. I’m here to talk about all of the characters’ development and how excited I am for their stories moving forward. Enjoy!

SPOILER ALERT! I’m about to delve into spoiler territory so if you haven’t seen The Last Jedi yet I advise you to discontinue reading this now. Thank you for heeding my warning and I hope you enjoy.

Captain Phasma

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One of the few things that wasn’t perfect in The Last Jedi was, unfortunately, Captain Phasma. I mean there was nothing exactly wrong with her involvement in The Last Jedi. She served her purpose and she helped better the movie with an awesome showdown against Finn. It is upsetting to see that once again they didn’t incorporate her into the story more than they did considering how amazing of a character she is.

If I was in charge of Captain Phasma’s story I would’ve had her see Finn and Rose escape the destroyed Star Destroyer and vow to stop them. Then when the First Order would’ve invaded Crait I would’ve had her face Finn out there on the Crait battlefield directly after Rose saved him which would have been so awesome. Finn, of course, would have won but that would’ve made for a very incredible duel.

Despite the lack of use of her character yet again Captain Phasma will always be one of my favorite characters in Star Wars.

DJ

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DJ is a scumbag, simple as that, but he does bring an interesting perspective to the movie. In Star Wars there have always been either the good guys or the bad guys. There haven’t been characters who are directly in the middle of those lines and will sway to whoever they feel will help them more. Rogue One tried to convey that grey area by showing that the Rebel Alliance wasn’t as benevolent an organization as they appeared to be. The Last Jedi is taking that grey concept even further by introducing ideas that everyone has both sides in them and it’s on the characters to decide which side they will choose.

Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo

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Holdo was a more important character than I would’ve ever imagined. Without her momentous decision to stop the First Order by launching into hyperspace through their ships the Resistance might have been wiped out before they even got to Crait. A lot of people are saying that she was a throwaway character but I think she was a fantastic addition to the movie. She was also very different from your normal Resistance officer due to her get-up and I loved that.

BB-8

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I loved BB-8 in The Force Awakens. He was intelligent and oh my goodness was he adorable. In The Last Jedi I felt that they turned this wonderful astromech droid into a slight joke. I get that he’s very resourceful but now he’s driving a Walker. Really? BB-8 is a great droid but they’re turning him into a super droid and I don’t like that. I liked it when he was just rolling around beeping cutely and helping his friends in realistic ways.

I still love BB-8 though. 🙂

Chewbacca

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Chewbacca was great in The Last Jedi. His interaction with the Porgs is absolutely hilarious and while he didn’t have a very prominent role in the movie whenever he was on-screen I had a smile on my face.

Poe Dameron

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Poe is clearly one of the greatest pilots in the galaxy but The Last Jedi stripped that away from him by having Kylo Ren blow up his ship. (Why, Kylo Ren, why?) And so he had to rely on his leadership skills for the rest of the movie and I loved it.

The first time I watched The Last Jedi I thought that they had ruined Poe. In my eyes he was running around hollering, kicking over chairs, and just being a menace the entire movie but after viewing the movie for a second time I realized exactly why he was so agitated in this movie. His first instinct is to fight and so, to him, Holdo was a coward who was leading the Resistance to an impending defeat. Of course he was upset. Now he didn’t realize Holdo’s plan and when Leia told him what she was really doing it humbled Poe.

From that moment on he wasn’t as irrational as he used to be and he became a responsible leader. When we see him again in Episode IX I know for a fact that he’s going to be a wonderful leader of the Resistance.

General Leia Organa

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Leia is one of the most iconic characters in film history and The Last Jedi continued her legacy splendidly. She didn’t have a very prominent role in the movie but whenever she was onscreen she exuded that strength that we have come to associate with her. My favorite moment with Leia in this film is when she shoots Poe.

She had come straight out of a coma and was able to shoot Poe with a stun gun. That is such an awesome Leia move. Carrie Fisher might have passed away last year but I’m glad to see that her participation in The Last Jedi was worthy of being her last appearance in Star Wars.

Rose Tico

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Oh my goodness, I’m a Rose fan. She was an absolutely incredible addition to this story. She was strong, funny, and I loved that she didn’t feel like any of the other heroines in Star Wars. She is her own character and that makes her extra special. And that heroic moment when she rammed into Finn to keep him from killing himself, I loved that part. She had already lost dozens of people she cared about. She lost her sister. She was not about to lose him too. That was a powerful moment for her character and I believe that when we see her again she’s going to be even stronger than she was in this movie.

Finn

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When I watched The Last Jedi the first time I was upset about Finn. I thought that to bring Rose’s story into the movie they had overshadowed his development in the movie completely but they actually didn’t. Rian Johnson took Finn from where he was at the end of The Force Awakens and moved him forward.

At the beginning of The Last Jedi he was going to jump ship and get to someplace safe, for Rey’s benefit, but Rose helped him see why being in the Resistance is important to the galaxy. At the end of the movie he was willing to die for the Resistance and that is a huge leap from where he was at the beginning of the film. When we see him again he will be a full-blown Resistance fighter and I can’t wait to see the ending of his story.

Luke Skywalker

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A lot of people don’t like what Rian Johnson did with Luke Skywalker but I loved his vision for the Jedi master. Before The Force Awakens I always imagined that Luke would become the greatest Jedi master ever to live and he would make a new Jedi order better than the one that was before but that wasn’t the case. He tried to make this a reality but he ended up creating the galaxy’s next bane, Kylo Ren. That is a hard truth and one that completely shattered him.

One of the most powerful moments in the movie was when he told Rey about what happened between him and Ben Solo. It was shocking because you would never think that Luke would make a crucial mistake like that but it’s realistic. Even after the incredible events of Return of the Jedi he still wasn’t perfect and his flaws fully converted his nephew to the dark side.

When we meet Luke on Ach-To he is a completely different man and while it is sad to see such a hero become someone so broken it shows that not all heroes have a happy ending and I love that they took the story in this direction.

Rian Johnson also gave Luke a sendoff worthy of the Jedi master and I appreciate that.

Kylo Ren

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Kylo Ren is a very complicated character. On one side I want to root for him because he keeps showing that he has that potential to turn good and renounce the dark within him. And then he turns around and becomes an evil person again. I don’t know how I should feel about Kylo Ren but I love that. No one wants a one-dimensional villain.

In The Force Awakens he was nothing more than a Darth Vader wannabe. I didn’t feel that his character was original enough but Rian Johnson took his story and evolved it even more. Now he truly is his own character and there has never been a villain like him before.

And Adam Driver is a fantastic actor. I mean absolutely stellar. He conveys Kylo Ren’s hopes and struggles so well through his conflicted emotions. When he discovers just exactly how weak he is with the Force when he finds out Luke is merely a mirage I can’t help but say wow. His expression is utterly dumbfounded. I really, really love that part.

I have to say, I feel very sorry for Kylo Ren. The way they leave him crying in the base on Crait is kind of sad. I’m so glad Rian made him the First Order’s Supreme Leader now because that means he’s going to be that much better in Episode IX and that is exciting. And with the Knights of Ren not making an appearance in The Last Jedi that undoubtedly means they’ll make their debut in the next film and I can’t wait.

I can’t believe I’m saying this but Kylo Ren might be my favorite character in this trilogy. Whenever he’s onscreen the movie just gets that much better.

Rey

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Rey is awesome, simple as that. One of my favorite scenes of hers is when she’s training with the lightsaber on Ach-To. That scene, coupled with her theme music, is one of the most special parts of the movie to me.

Rian Johnson didn’t move her story significantly forward but he did provide us the answers we have been wanting for the last two years in terms of her parents. I’m actually glad to find out that she isn’t related to anybody special because that means she’s that powerful for her own reason. Now there is still a lot of mystery surrounding her, like what was that cave part exactly telling us about her, but overall we know that she’s the last Jedi and when we see her again she’s going to be even greater than she is now.

Well, this is my post. I thank you for reading and I hope you have a wonderful holiday. May the Force Be With You.

 

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